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After a week of rain, the sun rose brightly over the new Cherokee Indian Hospital and the crowd attending its opening day.
“All OK — but it could be better” seemed to be the message from a report the Jackson County Board of Commissioners ordered after suspicion surfaced this spring that the county’s Permitting and Code Enforcement Department wasn’t adequately carrying out…
In his 38 years at the helm of Haywood Vocational Opportunities, George Marshall has seen his share of change in the regulations and trends surrounding the intersection of worlds in which HVO deals.  HVO, a not-for-profit social enterprise that produces…
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 14:03

LTLT becomes Mainspring Conservation Trust

The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee has outgrown its name.
Some candidates running for office in Waynesville are accusing the town of running off businesses and claim the town’s development rules are hampering development.
After a three-year saga of writing and rewriting and elections and public hearings, Jackson County is likely to adopt a revised version of its 2007 steep slope ordinance at the Nov. 5 commissioner meeting. 
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 17:00

Observing the outside world with inward eyes

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Looking back I can remember that 1975 was a wildflower sort of year.   1980 was a tree sort of year. 1984 was…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 16:49

Little T basin honored for aquatic diversity

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The Little Tennessee River Basin got national attention last week when it was named the first Native Fish Conservation Area…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 16:40

Renovations at Max Patch Pond complete

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Anglers at Max Patch Pond have better fishing opportunities now that the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the U.S. Forest…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 16:38

N.C. on track to meet new ozone standard

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North Carolina is on track to meet the new ozone compliance standard, with the entire state currently meeting the new,…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 16:37

New guides demystify elk viewing, road biking in Haywood

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A pair of new guides to the outdoors in Haywood County, produced by the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority, will…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 16:35

Prescribed burn planned near Cataloochee

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A 600-acre prescribed burn near Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will start soon, perhaps as early…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 16:35

Share the woods during hunting season

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Hunting season is underway in Western North Carolina, with bear season opening Oct. 12. Bear season opened last week and…
Doris Mager, known as “The Eagle Lady,” will celebrate her 90th birthday by giving a birds of prey program at…
From habitat destruction to competition with non-native trout, Southern Appalachian brook trout have met their share of challenges over the…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 16:17

Let’s go surfin’ now …

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In a surfing genre memoir complete with a SurferMagazine, globe-trotting storyline, all set to a 1960s rock & roll soundtrack,…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:59

Haywood Art Studio Tour to showcase local artists

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The Haywood Art Studio Tour will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 23-24.
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:58

Spookmoot at Folkmoot

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A celebration of all things Halloween will be held Oct. 30 to Nov. 1 at the Folkmoot Friendship Center in…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:57

WCU Homecoming

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“Purple on the Prowl!” will be the theme as the Western Carolina University community comes together to celebrate Homecoming 2015…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:56

Ready for ‘Designer Bag Bingo’?

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Michael Kors, Coach, Dooney & Bourke, Nine West, Anne Klein, The Sak and Fossil will be featured during “Designer Bag…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:55

‘Family Fun Night’ to feature Darren Nicholson Band

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Bluegrass/Americana act The Darren Nicholson Band will perform during the “Family Fun Night” fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 30, at the…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:53

Gibson Brothers at Cataloochee Ranch

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Acclaimed bluegrass act The Gibson Brothers will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, at Cataloochee Guest Ranch in Maggie…
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 15:50

Carolina Chills

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As the leaves change and the air becomes crisp, the mountains of Western North Carolina transform into a landscape of…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:47

This must be the place

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It’s my favorite time of the year. There is nothing like fall. To me, this season isn’t about pumpkin lattes, pumpkin…
About halfway between Bryson City and the Nantahala Outdoor Center, a small, unassuming building sits alongside the road. The structure…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:38

Rep. Mark Meadows not a worthy congressman

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To the Editor: Politics is often described as the art of the possible. The recent resignation of Rep. John Boehner,…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:38

Signed letters better than mystery ads

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To the Editor: Letters to the editor in a newspaper illustrate the highest tradition of a free press. Letters represent…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:38

Letter writer was wrong about Republicans

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To the Editor: A recent letter writer has gone over the top with the surreal allegation that the Republican Party…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:36

War on men evidently is going strong

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To the Editor: Seventeen pages of your Oct. 7 issue (including the cover) were dedicated to “Women in Business,” more…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:35

Corporate charm rebuttal misses mark

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To the Editor: The BB&T Distinguished Professor of Capitalism at WCU has responded to my letter regarding BB&T bank’s practice…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:34

Support Gavin Brown for Waynesville mayor

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To the Editor: I am writing to express my support for the re-election of Gavin Brown as mayor for Waynesville.…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:33

Raymond Fairchild recognition long overdue

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To the Editor: Congratulations to legendary banjo player Raymond Fairchild for his induction into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame, and…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:25

Pisgah-Tuscola rivalry is as good as it gets

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When my daughter, who is a freshman this year at Tuscola High School, made the Color Guard this summer, the…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:16

Waynesville needs Mayor Gavin Brown back in office

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I sincerely hope Waynesville citizens support Mayor Gavin Brown for reelection. Municipal elections carry more import than most people realize.…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 14:58

Franklin gets new wave of candidates

Franklin could potentially see a significant changing of the guard during this year’s election with three open seats on the board of aldermen.
Leaders of Western Carolina University, Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital announced the expansion and formalization of a partnership focused on ensuring access to quality health care in North Carolina’s westernmost counties.
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 14:55

Shining Rock finds long-term location

The entire staff was called into the Shining Rock Classical Academy’s board meeting Monday afternoon to hear the news — the charter school has finally secured a location for the next five years.
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 14:52

Who’s most suited to move Maggie forward?

For a town that may only have 300 voters show up to the polls, the mayoral race in Maggie Valley has garnered plenty of interest this election year.
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 14:49

Candidates answer call for change in Bryson

The five newcomers running for the Bryson City Board of Aldermen and mayor have made it clear they want to see some new faces on the board and some much-needed change to the town.
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 14:47

Franklin mayor runs unopposed

Running unopposed for his second term, Franklin Mayor Bob Scott hopes to continue on his path toward a more open and accessible government while leading the town for the next two years.
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 14:43

Potential mayors discuss Sylva’s future

Regardless of who emerges victorious from Sylva’s mayoral election, the town will have an experienced face at the center of the table. All three candidates for the seat currently serve as aldermen and hope to guide the town toward a…
With two of the three Sylva board members up for re-election jumping into the mayoral race, Sylva is guaranteed to get at least two new faces on the board after the November elections. The three open seats attracted a field…
Town elections aren’t always competitive affairs. For some municipalities, it’s a challenge just to get enough people to run to fill the empty seats — and that’s what happened to Webster and Forest Hills this go-around. Both towns will sport ballots…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 14:36

Canton board split on candidate support

The Canton Board of Aldermen has made major headway in the last two years by putting policies in place that will hopefully set the stage for a more prosperous future, which is why the incumbents up for election this year…
Jonnie Cure, a challenger in the Waynesville mayor’s race, has a history of liens, unpaid property taxes, foreclosures, small claims and personal bankruptcy over a 20-year span.
More than 160 people packed a heated public hearing over a proposed recycling sorting facility in Haywood County Monday night, pleading with county commissioners to turn down the project.
What to spend money on and what to pass up? The Waynesville town board faces this question month in and month out. Seemingly small budget decisions can have some of the biggest impacts on residents’ daily lives.
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 14:10

Municipal Elections 2015

Small towns all over the region are in the midst of municipal elections and a majority of them are contested races. New candidates and incumbents have plenty of issues to discuss as they try to manage shrinking budgets, improve aging…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 16:39

Peak peeking

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The deluge we slogged through a couple of weeks ago certainly didn’t help this fall’s color palette. But not to…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 16:35

Pumpkin pursuit returning to NOC

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A celebration of all things fall will be held noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Nantahala Outdoor Center.